by Guyton Montogomery, minister, Northside church

MERIDIAN, Miss. (BNc) — The Northside congregation hosted a Bible debate on church benevolence Jan. 21-22.

Thursday night Patrick Donahue of Huntsville, Ala., affirmed that, “The Bible does not authorize use of the church treasury for social meals.” John T. Polk II of Dover, Tenn., denied.

On Friday night Brother Polk affirmed, “The scriptures teach that in benevolence, a local church of Christ may relieve saints and non-saints from its treasury.” Tommy Thrasher of Decatur, Ala., denied.

Moderating for Brother Polk was Mike W. Kiser of Sylacauga, Ala.

Thrasher and Donahue both had Willis Logan of Steens, Miss., moderating.

Both nights were filled with spirited discussion, motivated by a desire for the truth.

Brethren were in attendance not only from area congregations, but from three different states.

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  1. The Church lost 52 members per day 2005 to 2008 and milliions are going to hell while we sit around debating something that the NT solves with “Do good to all men”, Where does the NT talk about the “church treasury”?